• Industry group head urges US Air Force to better engage with Future Vertical Lift

    Key Points The head of an industry group suggests the US Air Force better engage with the Pentagon on its Future Vertical Lift programme The USAF wants to investigate the utility of electric VTOL aircraft, but the industry group chief believes this will not provide the necessary military utility

  • North Macedonia trains Bulgarian, Polish military pilots

    North Macedonia’s Pilot Training Center (PTC) will train almost 60 Polish and 30 Bulgarian military pilots over the coming weeks, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska announced during a visit to the facility on 13 September. The PTC was established to train military and police helicopter

  • Pentagon asserts that 1,000 US troops in Syria is sufficient

    Maintaining US troop levels in Syria while creating a ‘safe zone’ along Syria’s northeastern border will not provide the Islamic State with a space to flourish, Pentagon officials asserted after incurring criticism from numerous directions. Washington is striving to strike a

  • Dozens killed in Afghanistan as violence intensifies following collapse of peace talks

    The levels of violence in Afghanistan have escalated since the collapse of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban on 7 September. In one of the latest incidents at least 20 people were killed and 95 others injured when a Taliban car bomb was detonated near a hospital in the southern

  • Saudi Arabia joins maritime security mission

    Saudi Arabia has decided to join the international alliance for the safety and protection of maritime navigation, its Ministry of Defence announced on 18 September. It said the alliance’s aim is to protect merchant ships of participating countries as they pass through maritime corridors

  • US Army vows to maintain funding for modernisation programmes

    US Army leaders are proposing additional cuts to legacy weapons programmes in the forthcoming fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) budget request to pay for new weapons but funding challenges could be on the horizon, according to Lieutenant General James Pasquarette, the deputy chief of staff in charge of

  • USAF B-2s form strike packages with F-15Cs and RAF F-35s

    US Air Force B-2 bombers deployed to Europe have been operating together with F-15C combat aircraft and UK Royal Air Force (RAF) F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, the deputy commander of US Air Forces Europe and Africa has said. Lieutenant General Steven Basham stressed during a phone-in roundtable with

  • UK Chief of Defence Intelligence looks to OSINT

    Publicly available data will be the backbone of the UK military’s situational awareness in future conflicts and crises, according to the country’s Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Lieutenant-General James Hockenhull. Speaking at a briefing at the Defence & Security Equipment

  • USFK says it is committed to returning military bases to South Korea

    US Forces Korea (USFK) has announced that it is committed to returning US military installations to the South Korean government “as expeditiously as possible” amid Seoul’s push for an early return of more than two dozen US bases in the Northeast Asian country. USFK said in a

  • Philippines flexes amphibious capabilities at country’s first joint military exercise

    Key Points The Philippines has received all amphibious vehicles it ordered from South Korea, and is now putting the equipment through its paces at a joint exercise These drills will be used to further refine the Philippine Marine Corps’ amphibious assault doctrines and procedures The

  • AFA 2019: US Air Force will maintain F-35 buy as it pursues Digital Century Series

    Key Points The US Air Force will maintain its current F-35A buy as it starts to experiment with its new approach to acquisition, called the Digital Century Series The F-35A will be fielded through approximately 2040, so a retired pilot believes the USAF must act fast if it wants to avoid a gap

  • Taiwan highlights support for US Indo-Pacific strategy in National Defense Report

    In its 2019 National Defense Report Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has emphasised its support for the US Indo-Pacific strategy and its security co-operation with Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand amid threats from Beijing that the island

  • India, Singapore, Thailand enhance naval interoperability with inaugural maritime drills

    The navies of India, Singapore, and Thailand have commenced shore-based activities under the inaugural trilateral maritime drills between the three countries known as Exercise ‘SITMEX’. These activities, which include exercise planning operations and professional exchanges, are taking

  • Russia deploys S-400 to Arctic

    Russia has deployed the S-400 air defence system to its Arctic islands for the first time, the press department of the Northern Fleet announced on 16 September. “A Northern Fleet air defence forces surface-to-air missile [SAM] regiment stationed on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago’s Yuzhny

  • Russia trains Serbian S-400 and Pantsir-S1 crews

    Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (RV i PVO) servicemen have been training at the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) anti-aircraft missile forces training centre in Gatchina, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 11 September. MoD newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star)

  • China likely to display array of new military equipment at National Day Parade

    Photographs circulating on Chinese social media of the second rehearsal for China’s National Day Parade show that a significant number of new platforms and weapons not previously made public are set to be shown at the formal parade on 1 October. Although many of the systems were shrouded

  • Cruise missiles suspected in Saudi oil infrastructure attacks

    There are indications that the 14 September attack on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were carried out using cruise missiles launched from Iraq or possibly Iran, US officials told journalists on the following day. The US government released annotated Digital Globe (now Maxar) satellite imagery

  • Indian Air Force seeks additional funds for new equipment

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is seeking an additional INR400 billion (USD5.6 billion) from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to procure additional fighter and transport aircraft as well as to make payments for previously ordered platforms and equipment. Official sources told Jane’s on 16 September

  • Slovak Air Force modernises main airbase

    The Slovak government is preparing a major infrastructure investment programme for its air force. Following the decision to procure F-16 multirole fighters, UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, and C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, Bratislava will renovate Sliac Air Base, close to the city of

  • European Court of Auditors report criticises EU defence ambitions

    A new report by the European Court of Auditors (CoA) slams the European Commission’s policy goals and funding for defence capability development, warning that the EU’s resources, planning structures, and alignment of its ambitions with those at national level fall far short of the mark.

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